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Papper me Pretty

Added May 10, 2011

by ThomasLeeDes...

Olcott, New York...






I’d LOVE to share with you one of my favorit designs to date!!

While it may not be the most “wearable” of designs, my magazine dress is 100% wearable if your looking to stand out! Trust me it’s a great conversation starter and you’ll look so wounderful!!

I can honestly say I never intended to sell this design, I made my magazine dress to be worn for this photoshoot and sized it to my model for my photographer friends senior class project. I also made a coffee filter dress!

I made a black slip with a side zipper. then I cut up 4 magazines…
(Just for a fun fact: it was 1 Vouge, 1 W , and 2 Nylon magazines)
I layered it in a fringy type fashion sewning with soft cotton thread, and around the bust line I sewed the paper down into a pattern of colors, then took the shoulder of the design up into a higher design. The belt is a vintage find from salvation army and I thought it looked so fun with this design!!

I had this design on display for the summer on a dress form int he back of my boutqiue!
In the end last year for halloween a young girl came into my boutique with her father and bought this design for her costum, they made me an offer and well needless to say i can always make another one!

Material Notes

4 magazines, thread, zipper(metal), and a light weight silk or satin for the slip!




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Mod, Other, Punk, Rock, Steampunk
Other, Satin


Model: Marie Christina
photographer: Melissa Harrison

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    Feb 25, 2012, 11.39 AMby chased-away

    This dress is amazing. LOL at “it’s a great conversation starter”

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    May 12, 2011, 08.08 AMby henniem

    AMAZING! I love this dress… what a clever idea :)

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      Dec 14, 2011, 05.31 PMby ThomasLeeDesigns

      Thank you!!! I still adaore this design, and almost want tomake a second one, but full length!!

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      Dec 15, 2011, 08.49 AMby henniem

      You should do it..and make sure you share it with us :) Look forward to seeing it ;)

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    May 12, 2011, 12.13 AMby Valerie Gomez

    I will try this out!

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      Dec 14, 2011, 05.31 PMby ThomasLeeDesigns

      Its so much fun to do! I spent hours looking over magazines finding colors, pictures,people,designs that I love and wanted to have be apart of my design!! I hope you do try it out!!

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    May 11, 2011, 06.06 PMby vestiphobia

    I can only imagine some of those amazing colors came from the Nylon magazines? this is great!

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    May 11, 2011, 02.45 PMby xxmazenxx

    Love love love this!! I make purses that look a lot like this. :D

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      May 11, 2011, 06.46 PMby ThomasLeeDesigns

      Thats so cool! I imagine they turn out very beautiful!!

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    May 11, 2011, 08.56 AMby lizah

    this is so cool!

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    May 11, 2011, 12.21 AMby pambox

    this is just brilliant in both concept and execution.

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      May 11, 2011, 06.46 PMby ThomasLeeDesigns

      Thank you!! :D Melissa and Marie did a wounderful job bringing this to life!!

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    May 10, 2011, 01.13 PMby Timea Schmidt

    Sooo fun! Beautiful pictures. You are very talented!

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      May 10, 2011, 08.00 PMby ThomasLeeDesigns

      Thank you! This was a really fun photoshoot to do!

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